When it comes to deciding whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a new poll found that Kentuckians overwhelmingly trust information from medical experts close to home.
The survey done for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 95 percent of Bluegrass State residents trust their physician or other health care provider when it comes to vaccine information.
Ninety-eight percent of those who said they will get the vaccine said they trust their own doctor.
That trust in their doctor drops to 87 percent for Kentuckians who said they do not plan to be vaccinated.
The next most trusted source is the person’s pharmacist, followed by the director of the local health department.
After medical experts, Kentuckians reported that they most depend on information from family members, friends or coworkers.
Some who don’t plan to get the vaccine said their hesitancy is because they think itwas developed too quickly, there’s not enough information about it,or they don’t consider themselves at-risk of contracting the virus.
The survey of 800 adults was done by telephone from mid-February to mid-March.
(This story first ran on WKYU, the public radio station at Western Kentucky University.)